Laminated American walnut and black cherry benchrest gunstocks

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Project by HalDougherty posted 03-22-2012 03:17 AM 13005 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Two benchrest or f-class style laminated gunstocks made with American walnut and black cherry slices. Each stock is made from the same pattern, but each stock has a different look because the interior pieces on each were different. One stock is inletted for a Remington 700 short action and the other stock has been inletted for a Savage benchrest rifle. The stock holes are not cut all the way through the stock so the owner can if needed plug them on the inside and cut new holes where they are needed. Also there is no magazine well cut or openings for bottom metal. These target rifle stocks are for single shot barreled actions. The flat wide forend helps with stability and the flat rear butt of the stock will let the stock slide backward under recoil and smoothly slide back to battery for the next shot. The rifles built on these stocks, should after aluminum pillars are installed and the actions galss bedded, be great shooting rifles. When the cherry darkens these stocks will be even nicer. You never know what color the cherry will have as it ages. I enjoy watching the transition. Before rubbing in a couple of coats of tung oil to help protect the wood from absorbing moisture, the cherry was almost as light as maple. I finished these stocks this morning and left them in the Sun almost all day.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#1 posted 03-22-2012 03:51 AM

Nice looking stocks. The walnut and cherry look good together. I have a good supply of both kinds of wood, and a safe full of guns that might need new stocks. Nah, I’ll just buy another gun.

-- I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. I'm sorry,thanks.

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 03-22-2012 04:11 AM

Beautiful work!

Nicely laminated!

Really COOL!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#3 posted 03-22-2012 06:59 AM

Are they machine carved?

I still do it all by hand, mostly two piece stocks for skeet/trap guns.

Will the duplicator use an original stock for pattern?

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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Don W

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#4 posted 03-22-2012 10:24 AM

very nice. I like walnut and cherry together.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 03-22-2012 05:00 PM

Very nicely done. Like a lot of things, I wish I had time to build stock for myself—so, I really appreciate you sharing what you have done. It gives me a chance to live vicariously thought the outstanding work of those LJ member who share their work.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 03-22-2012 05:28 PM

Hillbilly, I’m doing the same thing right now about the Maloof style rocking chairs people are posting. The first time I saw one, I thought, those curves look just like the stocks I’m carving…


I use a duplicator with a 2 1/2hp router for the actual carving. Here’s a couple of pages that show how I carve a stock.

It’s manual and not computer driven and it does take practice to learn how to carve a gunstock. It’s a lot easier to mess up than to do everything right.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 03-22-2012 05:47 PM


That’s quite a unique setup you have there!

Hal, didn’t you have to design & cut the FIRST ONE the old fashioned way?
... or did you use another gun stock to copy?

Really, a COOL system… COOL product!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#8 posted 03-22-2012 07:18 PM

The first one I made was a copy of a Remington 600 stock that was on my rifle. It was beat up pretty good and I wanted to make a laminated stock to replace it. The next one was also a copy of a benchrest stock for one of my varmint rifles. I’ve bought dozens of stocks from online auctions and a lot of customers have shipped stocks to me they wanted to duplicate. It’s a real job to start from scratch to carve a stock. I admire anyone who can do a good job of it. Maple, bublinga and other hard woods are beyond what I’d want to tackle without a router to do the cutting.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#9 posted 03-23-2012 01:19 AM

Hal, absolutely beautiful.
What a nice machine that duplicator!
Thanks for the post.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#10 posted 03-23-2012 07:46 AM

Bubinga and Maple ??? Give me a few more days of nice weather , I’ll send you photos of the one you did for me. Sanded down to about 1000 grit sand paper. Haven’t check the action to the stock yet. Plan today , to git the recoil pad to it and it all foes well , Glass bed it this weekend and then start working on the finish .

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#11 posted 03-23-2012 08:42 PM

Hal, another great job! Even with a duplicator, there is a lot of hand work to make sure everything fits properly.
RAndyM68, glad to hear you store your firearms in a safe.

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#12 posted 03-24-2012 03:05 AM

great job on the stocks I use to shoot the 1000yd at pa I had a shilen action that was smooth as silk with hart 1.450×34” barrell topped off with a John Unertl 30X in 308baer shot in the 8s but I quit shootin in 88 but great job on the stocks they look great

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#13 posted 03-26-2012 07:46 PM

Very cool, Hal….....Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 09-01-2016 03:00 PM

I am looking for the rifle stock maker. Contact me email [email protected]

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